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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal in the Microwave

A quick and easy microwave apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe full of goodness like chopped apples, walnuts and a hint of brown sugar.

Microwave Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

I use my microwave primarily for reheating or melting butter or chocolate, not much actual cooking. But oatmeal is a perfect fit for the microwave, especially when you add chunks of fresh apple.

This recipe is so simple and it's quick too—perfect for the morning rush. It only takes a few minutes longer than the instant oatmeal packs that are loaded with sugar and don't taste nearly as good. You don't even need to peel the apple. Just cut down each side around the core and chop into about ½ inch pieces. In a large bowl, add the oats, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, a good pinch of kosher salt and 2 cups water. Stir in the apples and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

Microwave Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Cook for 4 minutes, then stir. Cook 2-3 more minutes, stirring after each minute. If you don't stop and stir after each minute, the oatmeal may quickly boil over in your microwave making a huge mess. Don't ask me how I know...just trust me. It takes 6-8 minutes total for the oats to absorb the water and apples to become tender.

Microwave Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Spoon into serving bowls and top with the chopped nuts. Enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

A microwave oatmeal recipe chock full of goodness with fresh apples, walnuts and just a hint of brown sugar.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cinnamon oatmeal, apple oatmeal, microwave oatmeal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 149kcal
Author: Lucy


  • 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped but not peeled
  • 1 cup regular oats
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups water
  • handful of chopped walnuts or pecans


  • Stir together oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt and water in a large bowl. Add apple and mix well. Cover tightly and microwave for 4 minutes. Stir.
  • Cover again and microwave for 1 minute at a time, stirring after each minute. Cook for 6-8 minutes total, until most of the water is absorbed and the apples are tender.
  • Spoon into serving bowls and top with chopped nuts.


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 205mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g
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Monday 23rd of January 2012

I've never cooked oatmeal in the microwave! I'm sooo trying this method. It looks delicious :)